Why Iowa State University
I chose to attend Iowa State because it felt like home. I spent a lot of time at ISU while participating in 4-H and FFA activities. The prestigious agriculture and engineering programs seemed a natural fit for my love of solving puzzles and my appreciation for animal agriculture. During a campus visit, I had the opportunity to meet several faculty members in the agriculture and biosystems engineering department and immediately knew I was in the right place. I appreciate the down-to-earth atmosphere matched with its challenging coursework and endless opportunities.
I graduated in May with a double major in agricultural systems technology (AST) and international agriculture. I knew from my first visit that I wanted to be a part of the agriculture and biosystems engineering department. The hands-on curriculum of AST really appealed to me. I added the international agriculture major after traveling to Bulgaria. The trip sparked my interest in global agriculture and I’ve been hooked ever since.
I think my greatest experience at Iowa State actually happened in Rome, Italy last summer. I had the opportunity to travel with the ISU Dean’s Global Agriculture and Food Leadership Program. I learned a lot about global agriculture and its complexity, as well as meeting great people and obtaining a love for Italian culture along the way.
I traveled to Bulgaria and Italy on study abroad programs coordinated by the College of Ag and Life Sciences. The trip to Bulgaria was a two-week travel course focusing on animal science and technology. The Italy program was more of an internship-based trip. Our group was divided into two groups and paired with an organization in Rome. My group worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to develop a learning module promoting the importance of diversity in animal genetics.
While at Iowa State I was actively involved with Sigma Alpha Agricultural Sorority, Block & Bridle, Alpha Zeta, Epsilon Pi Tau and Collegiate Beef Team. I was employed by the Science with Practice Program through the College of Ag and Life Sciences and the Iowa 4-H Livestock Department, as well as working as a teaching sssistant and peer mentor for my department. I interned with both the USDA Ag Marketing Service in Torrington, Wyoming and the Iowa 4-H Livestock Department.
I will begin work as a production supervisor for Hormel Foods in June. I hope to establish a career at Hormel and ultimately find a place in their Legislative Affairs Department.
Be open to the many opportunities at Iowa State. They are truly endless and can open up new interests, hobbies and goals.